Crossbow

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Obsolete: This article refers to an aspect of the game which has been removed. It is retained for historical reference only.


Name Crossbow
Skill Crossbows
Damage 5
Accuracy +4
Base delay (%) 15 (150%)
Min delay 7, skill req. varies
Hands 2H
Size Medium
Ranged? Yes


A piece of machinery used for firing bolts, which takes some time to load and fire. It does very good damage in combat.
This weapon falls into the 'Crossbows' category. It uses bolts as ammunition. Note that while the base damage is 5, the base damage of a bolt is added to give an overall base damage of 14.

Crossbows are powerful ranged weapons, capable of launching bolts for high damage and with excellent accuracy. However, the complexity of their design gives them a significantly lower rate of fire than bows, but sufficient skill, strength, and dexterity will nearly make up for this. Be aware that crossbows and bolts are fairly uncommon early on, making ammo conservation a legitimate issue. They become common in the Vaults and the later portions of the Dungeon once yaktaurs start appearing. Note that using shields will considerably slow your attack speed.

Crossbow users benefit more from a high strength score than bow-users, but benefit less from high skill levels. Because of this, while crossbows are more powerful than longbows in the early game, they become less effective in the late. However, crossbow-users have access to bolts of penetration, which are significantly more powerful than the bow-user's unique arrow of dispersal.

Image
Mundane Crossbow 1.png
Magical Crossbow 2.png
Artifact Crossbow 3.png
Unrandart
crossbows
Hellfire Crossbow hellfire.png
Sniper Crossbow sniper.png
Weapons
Axes BattleaxeBroad axeExecutioner's axeHand axeWar axe
Bows Shortbow (Arrow) • Longbow (Arrow)
Crossbows Arbalest (Bolt) • Hand crossbow (Bolt) • Triple crossbow (Bolt)
Maces & Flails ClubDemon whipDire flailEveningstarFlailGiant clubGiant spiked clubGreat maceMaceMorningstarRodSacred scourgeWhip
Long Blades Demon bladeDouble swordEudemon bladeFalchionGreat swordLong swordScimitarTriple sword
Polearms BardicheDemon tridentGlaiveHalberdScytheSpearTridentTrishula
Short Blades DaggerQuick bladeRapierShort sword
Slings Fustibalus (Sling bullet, Stone) • Hunting sling (Sling bullet, Stone)
Staves LajatangMagical staffQuarterstaff
Throwing Blowgun (Needle) • JavelinLarge rockStoneThrowing netTomahawk


History

Crossbows were retired in 0.15, replaced with hand crossbows, arbalests, and triple crossbows.

In 0.14 Hellfire was revamped to fire bolts that actually explode in hellfire.